Winter Wonderland Decorations

Today I have something different to my normal Art Journalling … as you may be aware, I like to create a seasonal window display. I have always struggled to source winter decorations for my tree branches as they need to be appropriate for January and February not just for Christmas, so I decided to have some fun and create my own using items I had in my craft stash. Here they are … what do you think?

As winter was my inspiration for these decorations, I used a white colour palette and some sparkle, which reminds me of frosty mornings and snowy days: I was thinking winter wonderland! I chose music, birds and hearts to link to my love of this season; linking to Christmas time festivities and of course Valentine’s Day. Even though each item is unique, they are brought together as a collection because I used the same materials to decorate them. You can find out how I created them below.

Love Heart

Love Heart

The large heart is a luxury gift tag which I stamped using three different stamps using Emboss ink; the stamps include a music stamp from the Musicality clear stamp set by Docrafts, a Diamond Background stamp and also a Serpentine Background stamp, both by Art Impressions. I covered the Emboss ink with white Stampendous embossing powder and shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper. I also tapped the heart to make sure any stray powder was removed and then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the stamped images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I repeated this process on the back of the tag as well. To add a little contrast I applied Toffee Crunch Memento Ink very lightly to the front and back using a blending tool which highlighted the embossing more. I added a piece of music decorative tape diagonally across the tag and edged it with pearl strips that I had cut to size. I stuck a piece of diamante decorative chain wire along the length of the decorative tape, securing it with Glossy Accents. The “Love” sentiment is a wooden embellishment which I painted first with white gesso and then I embossed it with the same white embossing powder. I stuck it onto the heart along with some pearls and pearl feathers using Glossy Accents. To finish, I added a piece of white paper twine and organza ribbon.

Bobbin

Bobbin

For the bobbin, which was kindly gifted me by my mum who uses lots of gold thread for her Christmas cards that she embroiders, I applied three bands of the same decorative tape around the central cone. Then using the slit at the top of the bobbin, where the thread in normally secured, I secured the end of the diamante wire and wrapped it around the central cone securing it again at the bottom. I then edged the top and bottom of the bobbin with the same pearl strips and also added some pearls and pearl feathers to the central cone using Glossy Accents. To embellish the bottom of the bobbin I used a metal heart, which I recycled from an old necklace, by painting it with white gesso. When the gesso was dry, I covered the heart in Emboss ink and then white Stampendous embossing powder. It’s very important to remember that this heart is metal and therefore conducts the intense heat of the heat gun so I suspended the heart while heating it and waited until it cooled before touching it. Once cooled I distressed the heart with a craft knife and added a pearl to both sides. I then threaded some white paper twine through the heart and up through the bobbin to suspend the heart at the bottom. To finish, I tied some of the white ribbon into a bow around the paper twine at the top of the bobbin.

Small Heart

Small Heart

For the small heart, I used a wooden hollow heart shape tag and covered the front and the back with the music decorative tape and then I edged all the sides of the heart with pearl strips that I had cut to size.  I punched a hole through the tape to thread the piece of white string back through. It is decorated with some diamante wire, pearls and pearl feathers using Glossy Accents to stick them and I added a piece of the organza ribbon to the top of the heart to finish the piece.

Bird

Bird Frame

The bird decoration is a wooden frame embellishment which I covered in white gesso and white embossed on both the front and the back. I cut decorative tape to fit the bottom section and added a string of pearls and feathers to the bottom edge using Glossy Accents. Along the top frame I adhered some of the pearl strips and wrapped a piece of the diamante wire onto the right-hand side securing it with Glossy Accents. Again this piece is finished with white paper twine and ribbon which I tied in a bow.

Fairy

Frost Fairy

I used another luxury gift tag heart and coloured it with the Toffee Crunch Memento Ink using a blending tool, then I covered half of the heart with the decorative tape. I created a frosty leaf by painting it with white gesso and then white embossed it. For the fairy which is a wooden shape, I painted white gesso and embossed it and then I added a piece of wire and a pearl to form a band around the fairy’s waist. I stuck both the leaf and fairy to the heart using Glossy Accents. Next I added a piece of the decorative tape diagonally across the top left-hand corner over the leaf and edged it with the pearl strips and added the diamante wire along its length. I curled the leaf edges to show the heart shape more and stuck the pearl and pearl feathers to the top right-hand side. To finish, I added a piece of white paper twine and organza ribbon.

hot-chocolate

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my hot chocolate and a special winter treat of lebkuchen – yum! Wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I created these decorations to adorn my home so I’m pleased to join the “Home Sweet Home” theme over at Try it on Tuesday.

The “Mini Marvels” challenge over at A Vintage Journey gave me the perfect motivation to create my winter inspired decorations in readiness for display in December. They meet the “Mini Marvels” criteria with the largest decoration (the Bird Frame) being 4” and all the rest being smaller. I hope you like the “Shabby Chic” look of these winter decorations.

I really enjoyed using the white colour palette to create my winter wonderland decorations, so I’m joining in the fun over at  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their “Snow White” challenge.

As I used stamping on the Love Heart decoration for the white embossing, I’m pleased to join the “November Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included)” at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge.

Inspired by Alison, I’m also pleased to be able to join PaperArtsy where the theme is “Shades of White”, thanks so much for inviting me to join in the fun!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create these decorations:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tsukienki Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch)
  • Tsukienki Emboss Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Diamond Background T-3335, Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Musicality DCE907112)
  • Wilko (Luxury Gift Tags – Hearts)
  • Crelando Decorative Tape
  • Poundworld (Pearl Embellishments)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Decorative Chain 26253)
  • The Brighton Bead Company (Pearl and leaf strand)
  • The Works (Wooden Craft Words)
  • Bobbins
  • Recycled metal charm from old necklace
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Hollow Heart Shape Tags)
  • The Works (Wooden Frames CRO282/TW1)
  • The Works (Fairy Shapes)
  • The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch of Art – Leaves)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Organza ribbon (White)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
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78 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland Decorations

    • Thanks so much! It’s the first time I have made my own decorations and it was really fun, I love how they turned out too 😁. I’m looking forward to displaying them in December, not long now …lol 😉. Thanks for your kindness and wishing you a happy week! J 😊

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  1. Your winter white decorations are stunning, they will decorate your windows and house really well.
    Thanks for joining us at TIOT, too, much appreciated. And the hot chocolate looks good, too. Lebkuchen is in all the shops here just now, temptation everywhere! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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    • Thanks very much! I enjoyed making these decorations 😉. We were so excited to see Lebkuchen in our shops that we just had to treat ourselves to some. It been a lot colder this weekend so we decided to have this winter treat with our hot chocolate – yum! Happy T Day! J 😊

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  2. your winter white decorations are gorgeous Jo! I love how they coordinate so well all together and carry a theme without screaming Christmas specifically. I’ll be looking to have some good hot chocolate very soon. And your Lebkuchen look quite good too. I have never had those.
    Happy T day!

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  3. What simply stunning decorations, Jo. Great first time art, too. I adore how each was coordinated so perfectly, too. Repetition is always key in coordinating decorations, and these are perfect for a winter white theme.

    I was sure I’d never had lebkuchen before, but now I think I had something similar the other day when I stopped by the Girl Scouts book sale. The woman tried to tell me what it was called when she offered me a cookie, but I was more interested in thinking about the books than the lebkuchen.

    Thanks for sharing your incredible winter decorations, your lebkuchen, and your hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday.

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  4. your deco pieces really are crying (or better: whispering?) “winter wonderland”!! they are perfect to stay all winter Long. each one a Little treasure!!
    Lebkuchen season has begun for me, too. i start to buy them after st. martin´s day (11.11.), though they meanwhile are sold on from September in the supermarkets (not suitable in my opinion).
    hot chocolate is a good idea for today:) happy t-day!

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    • Thanks so much! They are all little treasure to me too and I can’t decide which is my favourite … lol 😁. I love lebkuchen and would gladly eat them all year round if I could buy them …lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊

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  5. They are fabulous Jo and such a wonderfuli idea!! They will look so much better than shop bought ones! I specially love the heart and bobbin ones, and the white colour tones and sparkly are just perfect for wintery decorations! And of course thanks for adding them to our challenge at AVJ :o)

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    • Thanks very much! I really like that they are all so individual and who doesn’t love the bit of sparkle this time of year …lol 😉. I enjoyed joining your challenge at A Vintage Journey too! Wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

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  6. The decorations all look gorgeous Jo. They will be a perfect decoration for your window during the cold months of winter. I’m sure many folk will admire them when they see them hanging up.
    Thank you for another awesome entry to our TioT’s theme.
    The hot chocolate looks delicious especially with the large swirl of cream on top.
    Happy T day wishes
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Your winter white decoration pieces are utterly beautiful! What a wonderful set you have created! And I unfortunately also love Lebkuchen and most of the other christmas treats – hubby just brought me fresh “Krapfen” doughboy with apricot filling and I bet my personal scales shows a pound more tomorrow!
    Happy T-Day!
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Try It On Tuesday Jo! Happy T-Day!

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  8. Hot chocolate is a favorite drink of mine. I love those mugs. And glad you added whipped cream. 🙂 And your white window decorations are just beautiful. What a great idea. I like the Victorian feel with the details you chose Jo.A little lace like a lightly dusting of snow. (Of course we got our first snow last night, and although pretty part of me is going NOOOOOOOOOOO!). Have a great T day Jo. Hugs-Erikag

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    • Hot chocolate is a favourite of mine too, don’t tell anyone …lol 😉… this one had pumpkin syrup in it and mini marshmallows underneath the whipped cream too – yum! Many thanks and wishing you a great T Day too! J 😊

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  9. Oh WOW I am totally in love with your winter decorations-they are so lovely-perfect to enjoy until spring. I love hot chocolate in the winter months-so good.
    Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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  10. I love your winter white decorations – these will definitely keep you going into February and beyond! I always think that’s when we need the lights and decoration, after Christmas, through those awful dark days of Jan and Feb. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey with these tiny delights. You could also share them at PaperArtsy where the theme is Shades of White this fortnight… http://blog.paperartsy.co.uk/2017/11/2017-topic-17-shades-of-white-intro-and.html
    Alison x

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! I enjoyed joining you at A Vintage Journey and I’d be happy to join the challenge over at PaperArtsy too, thanks for letting me know 😁. Wishing you a great week! J 😊

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  11. Your decorations are just gorgeous. My favorite was the little bird on the frame. So delicate. After all your hard work you deserved the hot chocolate and lebkuchen. Now I’m hungry! Happy T Day!

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    • Thank you! The Bird Frame is very delicate and I love how it turned out too 😁. I’m not sure if I have a favourite though, it’s just too hard to decide …lol 😉. By the way, we had a hot chocolate and lebkuchen after our walk along the beach today – it was yummy! Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊

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  12. Fantastic take on our theme! Love all your Winter Wonderland decorations but my favourite is Frost Fairy. Thanks bunches for sharing all your beauties with us at Try it on Tuesday! Warm hugs from Lula

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    • Thank you Lula! It was fun making these decorations and I bought my schedule forward in making them to join your current theme, I’m glad you like them and that I got them completed in time…lol 😉. Have a great week! J 😊

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  13. Very beautiful winter decorations! They really remind me of frosty mornings and snowy days! I like how you only used white color pieces for your dreamy winter wonderland!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike x

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  14. I am in love with the bird in the frame….just adorable Jo! My mind has been wondering toward holiday decorations too…….since mine are all still packed and will remain there till next Christmas. So to decorate this rental house should be fun…..starting from scratch.
    Happy T-day

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  15. Oh wow, your white on white decorations are stunning Jo, the bobbin is just adorable and I love the skeleton leaf on your last one. I think these would be lovely to keep out all winter long – they are an absolute delight! Thanks so much for joining in our Mini Marvels challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

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    • Many thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments! I cant wait to display them and I’m looking forward to seeing them all winter long …lol 😉. I really enjoyed joining your challenge over at A Vintage Journey this month 😁. Wishing you a happy week! J 😊

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  16. Wow, your decorations are so pretty. No need to buy anything, yours are so much nicer than any shop bought ones. I love that musical note paper, it goes well.
    With a bit of care you can keep these for future years too.
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  17. I think they’re absolutely wonderful, Jo! I love all the shapes, the details, pearl trim, the die cuts and the embellishments. I’m a fan of spanning the season with holiday decor. You actually have time to relax and enjoy what you’ve created.

    Thank you for all the details. I want to create some Christmas ornaments in this frosty palette. I may borrow some ideas 😉

    And may I have one of those lebkuchen as well?

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Thanks very much! It was such fun making them and I like the idea of them spanning the season, I think I will appreciate them more 😁. I’d be honoured if you borrowed any of my ideas, it’s always fun to get creative especially now you are back in your craft room doing your happy dance …lol 😉. I’ll save you a lebkuchen too 😁. Have fun and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  18. These are gorgeous, Jo … dreamy, magical and with such beautiful detailing … what wonderful decorations! Thanks so much for coming by and for your lovely words … and for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday! Anita (Guest Designer)

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  19. These are so lovely Jo! You’ve used you’re white palette so cleverly, all the different textures give you so much to look at on each one. I love the little bird in the frame and the leaf being the fairy is the perfect delicate touch. Lou x

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  20. Hi Jo, just catching up after a visit to Budapest where there’s beautifully decorated Christmas trees all over, but I don’t think any of the decorations compare with your gorgeous hand made ones. Love the white winter theme with the pearl embellishments and although perfect for Christmas, they certainly will last through to February with their music and heart theme.
    I see that you have linked to TioT, so thanks for sharing there.
    Avril xx

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  21. What a wonderful collection of wintery white tree decorations , Jo, each with its own personality yet all working together to make for a really lovely set . Your handcrafted touch makes them even more special and very special mini treasures. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments! Your Mini Marvel challenge over at A Vintage Journey gave me the perfect excuse to get creative and make these wintery decorations 😁. Wishing you a lovely week! J 😊

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